Experience the splendour of Bendigo, an elegant regional city in central Victoria and an ideal base from which to explore Victoria's golden heritage. Dine in sidewalk cafes, discover art galleries and antique stores, and take in ornate gold rush architecture nestled among century-old gardens.
Garden strolls and talking trams
Take a walk or ride on Bendigo's talking tram and explore the city's heritage architecture, including the Alexandra Fountain, the magnificent former post office, the law courts, and the ornate Shamrock Hotel. Slow right down in Rosalind Park and admire its delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery.
Art and about
Discover Bendigo's vibrant arts precinct while wandering along View Street. Pop into the Bendigo Art Gallery (1887), which contains a collection of Australian art dating back to the 1850s and attracts significant exhibitions from across the globe. Also explore the Performing Arts Centre (1873) and a host of smaller galleries and antique stores.
At the cellar door
Take time out to visit some of the renowned local wineries scattered across the Goldfields. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the region is famous for its magnificent Shiraz.
Things to do
Discover the rich history and remarkable legacy of the Chinese miners who came to Victoria during the goldrush.
Discover small, family-owned vineyards. This is definitely red wine country, but white wine lovers should seek out chardonnay and riesling.